Dr Deirdre Harrington is a Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the University of Leicester, UK. Dr Harrington was awarded her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Limerick, Ireland in the area of Physical Activity and Health. During that time she published on physical activity measurement using the activPAL and her earliest publications surrounded school-based interventions for inactive adolescent females. In late 2010, she joined the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, USA. Under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, she expanded her interest to body composition assessment in children and sedentary behaviour epidemiology. She was a member of the Pennington
Biomedical co-ordinating centre for ISCOLE, a study of obesity, lifestyle and the environment in over 6000 children across 12 countries and has continued to publish in the area of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health in children and adults.
In 2013, Dr. Harrington joined the Diabetes Research Centre at the University of Leicester and is an Associate faculty member of the NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit. Here she is developing a research agenda around diabetes in young people and ways in which increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviour may be used in prevention of this condition.
Dr Harrington has published in journals such as JAMA, Obesity, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Most recently, as the chair of the Research Work Group of Ireland’s Report Card on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth, she launched Ireland’s first Report Card along with 14 other countries globally
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